Howard Meny loved the ocean and the people of Point Lookout. There was nothing he enjoyed more than spending a day at the beach, swimming, and playing horseshoes! He was born in Queens on November 18, 1926 and first came to Point Lookout in 1931. His father was Louis, A deputy Chief of the FDNY and his mother, Lilly, was a homemaker. Howie's older brother (deceased 1/8/2010) and younger sister Margie also loved the beach and developed many friendships and happy memories of the Point through the years. Howie attending John Adams High School, where he lettered in football, wrestling, track and swim ming. He entered the V5 Naval Aviation Program during World War II. After the war he con tinued his education at St Lawrence University in Canton New York. He lettered in football, wrestling and baseball during his college years. After graduating in 1949 he worked in sales and became a manufacturers representative in marine supplies.
Howie was the husband of Joan (Banvard) for 57 wonderful years and the father of Howard, Susan and Thomas (FDNY, who predeceased his dad in 2000). Howie's grandchildren John, Peter, Sarah and Heather loved him dearly. He was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and a cherished brother in law.
Howie spent many summers in Point Lookout until the late 1970s when he moved to the Point year-round with Joan and his family. In his youth Howie was a lifeguard on Point Lookout beach and loved to tell all his friends of his many rescues. One of his most heroic was when he rescued Bobby Eberhart from Jones Inlet. His last rescue, at age 75, was of a German tourist who was swept out past the jetty.
Howie has left us with many good memo ries and has touched us all with his love of life. He was fun to be around, loved games and competition and could make a contest out of any situation.
We will always remember him for teach ing us to swim before we could walk, taking us skiing, even though his knees were dam aged from years of high school and college football, for taking us to the beach to "ride the big ones" for hitting the softball over the dunes in right field, for boating picnics on Short Beach, for parties and trips with the "Youngies", for horseshoe games on middle beach, for his unusual Spectagala costumes, for his plane crash in Adlai Stevenson's corn field where was a student aviator and for his wonderful smile and beautiful blue eyes!
The last few years of Howie's life were difficult due to the progressive loss of his memory due to Alzheimer's disease. Joan's love, care, and devotion to him were an inspiration to all of us. Our family would like to thank everyone who helped during these past few years. He was truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends during his lifetime.
Howie passed away quietly on January 1, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He is now in the hands of our Lord, reunited with those that have gone before him. Let us hold his memory close to our hearts and may he rest in eternal peace.
- Susan Meny